Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Make do and Mend // Rationing my spending.

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Hey all, I wanted to do a post on this for a while now and finally decided a little rant type thing would be nice. Recently I have been a bit down in the dumps when looking in my wardrobe. Yes, it is full up and there are 2 or 3 things on each hanger, but I have stopped loving my clothes. I have got into the habit of buying things for the sake of it because I like it at the time or because I buy it cheap from a Carboot Sale or charity shop. I wake up lately and I seem to be putting the same things together and about 50% of my wardrobe isn't used! 
I have come to the conclusion that this needs to change somehow. It would be silly to say I am going to stop buying things completely because lets be honest, I really couldn't do that! So instead I am going to follow one of a favorite all time things of the past, 'Make do and Mend'. I have always been a follower of this any way, what with altering and making old clothes new again, but this time I see it in a different way.
Not only old clothes but new ones too, instead of buying things I simply 'like', I want to buy things I absolutely love! I have lost that feeling of seeing something in a store and knowing straight away it belongs to you. when it suits me, fits my shape and is the perfect price then it is a winner. This has come to an end though and I want this feeling back. I remember Gok Wan saying something like 'Buy less, wear more' and that is what I tend to do!
I'm not saying it will be easy, and I probably will find myself buying things here and there, but this Autumn/Winter I have plans on buying myself an expensive pair of boots and a new coat. To do this, I have uploaded several clothes I no longer care for onto EBAY. My first step to saving money, buying less and wearing more.
After I sell some things, I will take more to the charity shop and then I can begin a more organised and caring me when it comes to my wardrobe!
Wow, so what do you think? Have any of you done this before and if so what did you find difficult and easy? Any tips would be fab.
By the end of this stage I want to feel more loving and appreciative towards what I own, I want to have a better understanding of what I look good in and I want a lovely pair of boots to invest in. 

Please take a look at the items I am selling on ebay! click here.

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22 comments:

  1. lovely picture!

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  2. this is a really good idea. i definitely want to do this too (says the girl who made a topshop order last night.) really though, i agree exactly with what you're saying and i need a ruthless clearout of my wardrobe and a new perspective on it. i think when i'm back from being away i'm gonna take a leaf out of your book! xxx

    http://doodleheartx.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha what did you buyyyy!? :) let me know what happens if you do :) xxx

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  3. This is exactly what I'm planning to do. I have so much stuff I don't wear and things that don't go with anything else so I'm planning on investing in more high quality staple pieces and making a sort of capsule wardrobe where everything goes together! Good luck to us!

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    1. Exactly!! Capsule wardrobe is the perfect phrase!! Brilliant :) that's what I want, not saying I won't buy nothing because that's silly haha, buy less but that I can mix and match!! Xxxx

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  4. This is such a good idea. I never think to sale old clothes on ebay but half of my wardrobe I never wear either! Good luck with it xx

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    1. It's a bit of a hassle but worth the few pennies it will get me :) xxxx

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  5. Great post! I too have a wardrobe overflowing with clothes that are hardly worn, and find myself buying things because I've seen so-and-so wearing it on their blog. I intend to stop this as of now. With the exception of a pair of shoes I'm treating myself to and a new skirt, from next month on I'm planning to buy less and wear/use more! x

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    1. Haha we all have our wish list of things do that's fine!! If you pressurise yourself you will end up splurging on stuff!! When you feel ready to cut down then try it :) xxxx

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  6. Such a great idea, I should really do it more often but I never get around to it.
    There are just too many items piled on my sewing machine!
    Good luck :)

    http://the-makingofthings.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Haha!! I always have a heap of stuff to sew and alter but i get the odd day where i will just do it all! xxx

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  7. Aw, this is amazing post. I've seen your ebay, such lovely stuff!
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  8. well dome hun its hard. I need to do the same thing, ebay i find loads of bargain and just buy them because they are that, i have 2 closets full of stuff i dont wear, dont love and dont need. I dont know why i collect them, do you think you have gotten worse shopping since blogging? I found i have. I wish yo all the best hun, you can do it :-) Barratts and topshop have great boots and barratts you can get so cheap on ebay now as they shut down

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    1. Oooo good, i will take a look at them!! I do love a pair on topshop but they have sold out!! :( and yes, i find since blogging i am a bit more hard on myself and overally think what i wear and what people will think of me!! xxxx

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  9. I would sell everything and anything you can. Not only will you have space to fill up (if you want to) but it means that you'll find dressing easier since you aren't having things hidden behind stuff you don't wear any more.
    Think about how much you wear it and if you have stuff similar and if you would miss it all that much.

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    1. Thank you for the amazing advise!! I'm going to try and sell quite a lot it's just hoping people want to buy things. If not in sure the charity shop would like them :) thank you for your comment it's awesome! Xxxx

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  10. I'm sure your love for clothes will come back soon sweetie! And I can come shopping with you when I get back from Paris to find our perfect pair of boots!! I'll be your personal shopper ;) haha xxxxxx

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  11. Great idea! I love every single one of your outfits anyway, but it'll be nice to see what personal touches you add to them. I did something like this a while ago, I got together all my clothes that either were too baggy, or just didn't fit me somehow and added a few darts here and there, or shortened a hem, so I wear them much more often now. I have a similar problem with ebay clothes or anything in sales, I feel like I'm missing out if I don't buy them so I often buy total junk just because it had been reduced - whoops!! :P
    Good luck and have fun! :)
    xxx

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    1. I already do take in most of my clothes because I'm very small up toP so most things have to be altered for my shape!! I'm glad I'm not the only one :) thank you xxxxx

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